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Fun for the whole family

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by p_c_raatz, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Greetings All,

    I'm coming to the forum for some advice. My wife and I are looking at moving abroad for a year or two to get the experience in our respective fields as well as provide that experience to your young children. My wife is an OBGYN and I am a Social Studies Teacher looking to get my ELA Certification and TEFL Certificate. Our children are presently 5 and 2. We may have another young one before we would travel. What locations would work best for our family? We are looking at Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the language benefits and ease of medical work.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tigi

    tigi Occasional commenter

    This has been covered before here but... international schools are real schools that probably won't hire someone looking to move away in less than 2 years. Most contracts are at least 2 years.
     
  3. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    With the expectation that you will stay longer if all goes well.
     
  4. stopwatch

    stopwatch Established commenter

    What is OBGYN?
     
  5. stopwatch

    stopwatch Established commenter

    What are the language benefits of Abu Dhabi and Dubai? English is the common language there
     
  6. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Why are you getting your TEFL is you are a proper teacher already?
     
  7. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    OBGYN - Obstetrician / Gynecologist
     
  8. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    You've led a sheltered life Stopwatch ;)
     
  9. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    As above, you don't need to get a TEFL qualification if you're already a qualified teacher. Unless of course, you will be going primarily with your wife's career and you will just be picking up the occasional TEFL work while she earns the lion's share (in which case this forum isn't that much use to you).

    The first thing you need to do is figure out who is going to be the primary earner where you go. If it's you, then I'm not sure you could support a family of potentially 5 on one TEFL salary. If you're in an international school with you as the sole earner teaching Social Studies then it would be easier as most decent schools would give you two free child places and a potential third would be too young to need one.

    Something to keep in mind is that social studies as a distinct subject may not be taught in many international schools and therefore this may limit you.

    It would be worth researching primarily whether your wife could potentially relocate on a short term contract to another country, and be the main earner.
     

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